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Engaging English Learners Workshop

Monday-Friday, July 10-14, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • $999/week (module-level pricing also available)

The Virginia Department of Education now allows licensed teachers in Virginia to take the English to Speakers of Other Languages PRAXIS test (5362) and, by passing, receive an add-on endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). The ESOL PRAXIS test is designed to measure basic linguistic and pedagogical knowledge within the context of teaching ESOL in elementary or secondary schools.

In response to this option for the ESL endorsement, we’re offering this Engaging English Learners Workshop, an ESOL PRAXIS test preparation seminar. This seminar addresses each of the content categories of the test.

Module Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 & 4 Day 5

• Foundations of Language Learning

• Foundations of Linguistics

• Culture

• Professionalism & Advocacy

Planning & Implementing Instruction

Assessment & Evaluation

Students may register for the entire five-day seminar or select individual modules. For example, if you have taken the practice test through PRAXIS available online and identify that you need additional support in the area of Linguistics only, then you may enroll in the Day 1 Module, which covers Foundations of Linguistics.

By participating in the complete five-day seminar, students will earn a University of Richmond certificate of completion and 45 recertification points. Students registering for day-long sessions will earn eight recertification points per day.

This workshop is tailored to the needs of educators from local Richmond-area school divisions seeking the VDOE English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, which requires earning a minimum score on the Praxis ESOL test. Participants may attend one or more days by registering for a la carte sessions, or may attend the entire week for a substantial discount.

The workshop fee includes lunch daily in the award-winning Heilman Dining Center along with all course materials including the text Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible (Corwin, 2017).

About the Instructors

Laura Kuti headshotLaura M. Kuti, Ph.D., brings knowledge and experience with English language learning that spans the fields of world language, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and assessment. She has spent over ten years in the classroom teaching language learners and their teachers, including preschool through college classes. She has expertise reviewing and writing statewide ESL curriculum and connecting instruction and assessment. Kuti’s work with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the ESL Assessment Specialist awarded her valuable knowledge about and experience with English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments, particularly assessment design, item writing, and level descriptions.

Jill Kester headshotJill Kester, M.A., serves as project manager, professional development trainer, and online content designer at SupportEd. She is currently project manager supporting TESOL International Association in revising their P-12 Professional Teaching Standards for English teacher education programs and developing formative assessment rubrics. Jill played a key role in the development of a suite of speaking and writing rubrics, along with extensive supporting materials, for teachers of ELs in New York City and oversaw the process through production quality control. Jill contributes research and technical writing skills to publications and designs training materials on effective teaching strategies of ELs.

Modules and Registration

Register for the week-long seminar for the discounted fee of $999.

Or review the modules details below (click on each to view details and registration link) and register for individual modules. Day-long modules cost $219/day, and the two-day module (days 3 & 4) costs $438.

Day 1: Foundations of Language Learning & Foundations of Linguistics
Module Content
  • International Phonetic Alphabet, stress and intonation patterns
  • Morphemes and word formation
  • Syntax
  • English grammar
  • Semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics
  • Communicative competence
  • Social and academic language
  • 1st and 2nd language acquisition
  • Literacy development for English Learners (ELs)

Register for Day 1: Foundations of Language Learning & Foundations of Linguistics

Day 2: Culture and Language Learning & Professionalism and Advocacy
Module Content
  • Relationship between language and culture
  • Influence of cultural experiences
  • Assimilation and acculturation
  • Implications of cultural stereotyping, bias, and bullying
  • Differences between disabilities and language proficiency development
  • Case law related to ELs and legal provisions and ethical implications of laws related to ELs
  • Ways to provide advocacy and familiarity with resources for families
  • Communication about all aspects of ELs both academically and personally
  • Ways to engage in continuous professional development in the field of ESL

Register for Day 2: Culture and Language Learning & Professionalism and Advocacy

Days 3 & 4: Planning and Implementing Instruction
Module Content

Must be taken as the 2-day module

  • Methods and approaches to teaching ELs
  • Instructional delivery models for ELs
  • Creation of measurable objectives that align to language and content standards
  • Integration of the four domains of language
  • Cognitive and metacognitive strategies for ELs
  • Activation of prior knowledge and scaffolding
  • Technology to support language learning
  • Creation of a supportive learning environment
  • Differentiation across proficiency levels and students who are twice identified

Register for Days 3 & 4: Planning and Implementing Instruction

Day 5: Assessment and Evaluation
Module Content
  • Role of assessment from placement to exit
  • Formal and informal assessment for receptive and productive language skills
  • Types of assessments
  • Familiarity with assessment related issues like validity, reliability, language and cultural bias
  • Familiarity with accommodations for state-mandated content-area testing for ELs
  • Adaptations to classroom assessments
  • Use of assessment data to inform instruction and document student growth

Register for Day 5: Assessment and Evaluation


5-day ESOL PRAXIS test preparation workshop

July 10-14, 2017

Register for week-long seminar or individual daily modules

$999/week, $218/day or $438/days 3 & 4

Contact Us

Graduate Education Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
North Court
421 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8427